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CPF Adaptive Reuse Workshop

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

President Michael Garavaglia will be speaking at this January 31, 2020 California Preservation Foundation Workshop in Fresno, California.

This advanced-level workshop will provide a 360-degree view of redeveloping historic properties for adaptive reuse and will focus on the incentives that help make such projects possible, including:

  • Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits (state and federal)
  • Mills Act tax incentives
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Economic Opportunity Zone funding
  • Adaptive reuse ordinances, and more…

Hope to see you there!

2019 Governor’s Preservation Award

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Photo by the Independent News

The Livermore Train Depot has been awarded a 2019 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award; this prestigious award recognizes exemplary achievements in historic preservation and the preservation of California’s heritage.

GA, Inc. evaluated the Depot, originally built in 1892, for listing on the National and California Registers and worked with the City of Livermore to complete several technical studies for the Depot including a Historic Resource Evaluation (HRE) and Initial Study, a core Historic Structure Report (cHSR), a feasibility analysis of moving the structure to a different location, and a rehabilitation plan.

Our recommended rehabilitation plan included removal of non-historic additions, reconstruction of non-extant exterior and interior features from historic documentation; and development of recommendations for specific treatments and methods based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the California Historical Building Code. We are honored to have played a part in the Train Depot’s preservation.

Michael Garavaglia, President, will be attending the award ceremony on January 22, 2020.


Bodie-Benton Railroad Building – Restoration Efforts Underway

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

As part of our ongoing work with California State Parks, Garavaglia Architecture prepared a Historic Structure Report to guide the stabilization of the Bodie-Benton Railroad Office Building, and develop a plan for its use as a limited-use interpretive center.

Bodie State Historic Park is famed as a gold-mining ghost town that once had a population of nearly 10,000. Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of “arrested decay,” as mandated in the park’s General Plan. The project included a stakeholder visioning session that brought to light competing goals. GA worked with the various parties to arrive at a consensus for the building’s future use, while remaining sensitive to the requirements that each party was trying to meet.

The HSR responded to the known history of the building, its existing conditions, and the stakeholders’ requirements to balance the building’s immediate needs with DPR’s long-term goals. Included in GA’s analysis was a finishes study to clarify construction chronology with relative dating of paint and wallpaper samples, and an ADA access study for short- and long-term building use goals. Findings were presented as a prioritized and phased plan with recommendations for implementation and future study.

Volunteer work crews from the non-profit HistoriCorps began work this summer to restore the walls, foundation, siding and patio and seismically strengthen the building.